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Salt Bae Could Be Planting His Second NYC Restaurant Near Union Square

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Signs have gone up on the space saying “coming soon”

A man in dark sunglasses in a signature salt-sprinkling post stands over a cutting board with sliced steak. Photo by Jean Schwarzwalder

It looks like Salt Baes second NYC restaurant might finally be coming to fruition.

Signs announcing “#SaltBae coming soon” have been plastered on a space at 220 Park Avenue South, near Union Square, where a location of Japanese chain Haru Sushi once stood. Salt-sprinkling, internet sensation Nusret Gökçe first brought his famed Turkish steakhouse Nusr-Et to NYC in January, opening a 150-seat restaurant in Midtown.

But if Gökçe is indeed responsible for this signage, it could be slated for something other than a steakhouse. In February, he announced plans for a new burger chain, to be aptly named Salt Bae, telling the New York Post he’s plotting multiple locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The signage on the space says just “saltbae,” accompanied by an illustrated version of the butcher.

Critics fell harshly on Nusr-Et, finding the theatrical dinner served overpriced, mediocre steaks. Eater’s own Robert Sietsema described the beef as “a little rubbery” and “low on flavor,” although Pete Wells from the Times seems to have enjoyed his dining experience, going as far as calling the steak “terrific.”

The chain has over a dozen locations around the world, but only one other U.S. location exists in Miami, according to its website.

Eater has reached out for more information. Stay tuned.

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Sign pasted on the shuttered storefront at 220 Park Avenue South
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